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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

GP partner pay down 1.5% as expenses climb

By Nigel Praities

A steep rise in practice expenses has blunted GP partner pay while salaried GP pay has increased, figures released by the NHS Information Centre reveal today.

GP partner income suffered an overall decrease of 1.5% in 2007/08 compared with the previous year, with the average partner on a GMS contract earning £100,324.

This came despite a 1.9% increase in gross earnings in 2007/08, and was due to a 4.5% increase in expenses that year.

The decrease in pay is less than 2006/07 – which saw a 2.1% decrease in pay compared with the previous year – but do show that the cost of running a practice is steadily rising.

The expenses-to-earnings ratio rose 1.4 percentage points to 57.9% in 2007/08, compared with 56.5% in 2006/07.

The average income before tax for salaried GPs in the UK in 2007/08 was £55,790, an increase of 3.4% since 2006/07.

As in previous years, PMS GPs received more pay than GMS GPs, with an average income of £116,059.

GP partner pay has fallen 1.5% - but salaried GPs' earnings have increased GP partner pay has fallen 1.5% - but salaried GPs' earnings have increased

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